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70mm Presentations in Tulsa, USA
A Chronology of 70mm Large Format Exhibition, 1956-Present

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Compiled by: Michael Coate Date: 01.01.2023
What follows is a chronology of 70mm six-track stereophonic sound feature-film presentations in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.

The focus of this work is 5-perf 70mm feature films and the cinemas in which they were exhibited. Short subjects, 8-perf and 15-perf (IMAX, Iwerks, etc.) and Special Venue presentations have not been included (but consideration will be given to adding them in a revision).

The emphasis here is on the titles that received publicly-promoted, commercial exhibition in 70mm and their playdates. To facilitate an easy-to-reference title- and date-based layout, no details have been provided pertaining to the brand of 70mm (i.e. Todd-AO, Super Panavision, Ultra Panavision, Cinerama, D-150, etc.) or technical particulars of each presentation (i.e. O-neg source, inter-neg source, blow-up, pillarboxed, letterboxed, Dolby A, Dolby SR, five screen channels vs. three, baby boom, split surround, digital sound, etc.).

Part 1: The 70mm-Equipped Cinemas

Boman
Brook
Continental
Fox / Fox Plaza / Fox Country Club Plaza
Rialto
Ritz

An overview of each cinema will be provided in a forthcoming revision.

Part 2: The 70mm Presentations

Opening date YYYY-MM-DD … TITLE … cinema (duration in weeks) [notes]

* Roadshow (i.e. reserved-seat engagement)

1956-06-08 … OKLAHOMA!* … Rialto (19)

1957-04-17 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS* … Rialto (17)

1958-06-26 … SOUTH PACIFIC* … Ritz (16)

1959-02-18 … SLEEPING BEAUTY … Ritz (5)
1959-11-12 … THE BIG FISHERMAN … Ritz (5)

1960-06-29 … CAN-CAN* … Brook (9)
1960-11-09 … THE ALAMO* … Brook (13)

1961-03-22 … EXODUS* … Brook (8)
1961-07-27 … SPARTACUS … Brook (10)

1962-04-11 … WEST SIDE STORY … Brook (6)
1962-05-30 … EL CID … Brook (5)
1962-07-04 … OKLAHOMA! … Brook (2)

1965-01-16 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Brook [sneak preview]
1965-04-06 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC* … Brook (79)

1966-02-22 … THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY* … Continental (12)
1966-05-18 … THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD* … Continental (5)
1966-06-22 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO* … Continental (17)
1966-12-21 … THE BIBLE* … Continental (18)

1967-06-28 … GRAND PRIX* … Fox (15)
1967-10-11 … MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY* … Fox (4)
1967-11-07 … CAMELOT* … Brook (22)
1967-11-08 … GONE WITH THE WIND* … Fox (22)

1968-03-06 … DOCTOR DOLITTLE* … Continental (18)
1968-06-26 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY* … Fox (15)
1968-12-19 … STAR!* … Continental (12)
1968-12-20 … CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG* … Fox (13)

1969-03-19 … ICE STATION ZEBRA* … Fox (10)
1969-08-13 … KRAKATOA, EAST OF JAVA … Fox (8)
1969-12-17 … HELLO, DOLLY!* … Continental (17)

1970-04-29 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Continental (2)
1970-07-01 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Continental (2)

1971-02-12 … THE STEWARDESSES … Continental (14) [3-D]
1971-02-24 … SONG OF NORWAY* … Fox (8)
1971-09-17 … AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS / WEST SIDE STORY … Continental (2)
1971-10-20 … IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD … Continental (2)

1973-09-28 … THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH … Fox [Fri-Sat midnight]

1974-08-31 … THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH … Fox [Sat-Sun midnight]
1974-11-15 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Brook (1)
1974-11-22 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Brook (1)
1974-11-27 … THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! … Continental (1)
1974-11-28 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Brook (1)
1974-12-06 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Continental (2)

1975-03-05 … BEN-HUR … Brook (3)
1975-09-19 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Fox (1)
1975-09-26 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY … Fox (1)
1975-10-17 … THE WIND AND THE LION … Fox (1)
1975-10-24 … THE TOWERING INFERNO … Fox (1)

1976-08-20 … GONE WITH THE WIND … Continental (3)
1976-09-08 … DOCTOR ZHIVAGO … Continental (1)
1976-09-15 … THE RETURN OF A MAN CALLED HORSE … Continental (4)

1978-10-13 … THE SOUND OF MUSIC … Continental (7)

1980-09-26 … APOCALYPSE NOW … Continental (1)
1980-12-05 … APOCALYPSE NOW … Continental (2)

1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM … Boman (18)
1984-12-07 … 2010 … Boman (10)

1986-05-10 … TOP GUN … Boman [sneak preview]
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN … Boman (23)
1986-11-26 … STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME … Boman (20)

Note that some of the titles included in this chronology were presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of their engagement due to contractual terms or print damage (and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print) or because the booking was moved to a non-70mm-equipped auditorium within a multiplex. As well, the reverse may have been true in some cases whereas a booking began with a 35mm print because the lab was unable to complete the 70mm print order in time for an opening-day delivery or the exhibitor negotiated a mid-run switch to 70mm. In these cases, any 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.

During the roadshow era, the reserved-seat policy, in some instances, was relaxed during the summer and/or latter weeks of the run. Any non-roadshow portion of such an engagement has been included in the applicable duration figure.

References: Various issues of Boxoffice, The Hollywood Reporter, Motion Picture Exhibitor, Tulsa World, and Variety; projection and sound system trade advertisements and installation records.

Special Thanks: Tulsa City-County Library,

If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please consider emailing the author or editor.
 
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